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8. Nechamandra Planchon, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 3. 11: 78. 1849.

虾子草属 xia zi cao shu

Herbs, submerged. Stems elongated, slender, much branched. Leaves alternate but usually opposite at base, densely crowded toward ends of stems, linear, lacking a prominent midvein, parallel veins present, slightly sheathing at base, margin minutely serrulate with teeth. Plants dioecious; flowers unisexual. Male inflorescence pedunculate, many flowered; spathe ovate, membranous, bifid at apex; male flowers minute; sepals 3, petaloid, white, ovate; petals 3, small, subequal to sepals; stamens 2 or 3, opposite to sepals; filaments slender, very short. Female spathe oblong, 1-flowered; female flowers similar to male ones; ovary oblong, elongated into a beak at apex; styles 3. Fruit ovoid-oblong or linear. Seeds numerous, oblong, minute.

One species: S and SE Asia.

Lower Taxon


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